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Ten to catch at Neon Reverb

Leslie Ventura helps you set your weekend schedule

Rusty Maples closes out the Bunkhouse’s big six-band showcase Friday night.
Photo: Fred Morledge
Leslie Ventura


Same Sex Mary (Thursday, 9 p.m., Bunkhouse) If Neon Reverb were a football game, Boulder City’s Same Sex Mary would be the tailgate party—and we have faith the bluesy rockers will get the festivities off to a hip-shaking start.

Lazystars (Thursday, 10 p.m., Beauty Bar) Fans of locals-turned-chart-toppers Imagine Dragons should add this five-piece—which combines new wave pop sensibilities with arena-rock ambitions—to their watch list.

The Details

Neon Reverb Festival
Through September 16, Downtown venues
For pricing and a complete schedule, visit neonreverb.com

Hassan (Friday, 1 a.m., Beauty Bar) The larger half of hip-hop duo Phil A & Hassan released solo album Westbound & Down in July. Now, get ready for “Haszilla” to unleash heavy beats and slicker rhymes Downtown.

Rusty Maples (Friday, 1 a.m., Bunkhouse) If singer Blair Dewane’s off-color banter doesn’t put a smile on your face, the folk-pop tunes should. We suggest wearing your dancing shoes … and leaving your politically correct friends at home.

A Crowd of Small Adventures (Saturday, 1 a.m., Beauty Bar) The Jackson Wilcox-led sextet returns from a year-long hiatus in style, bringing new songs and new members to a stage it will share with fellow indie warblers Moonface.


JJAMZ (Thursday, 11 p.m., Beauty Bar) The pseudo supergroup (pronounced “Juh-Jams”) brings together members of Rilo Kiley, The Like, Maroon 5 and Phantom Planet for cutesy, radio-friendly pop-rock.

She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees (Friday, 12:30 a.m., Bunkhouse) From the minds of two New Yorkers comes an evocative, dark fairy tale sprawling across hypnotizing guitar riffs, cascading drum beats and ethereal vocals.

Foxygen (Saturday, 11 p.m., Beauty Bar If the thought of Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Mick Jagger in one room makes you weak in the knees—this groovy/noisy Jagjaguwar Records duo might be exactly your thing.

Black Light Burns (Saturday, 12:30 a.m., Bunkhouse) Has seeing Limp Bizkit ever been on your bucket list? You might want to re-evaluate your life. Or go see Black Light Burns, fronted by former Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland.

Hunx and His Punx (Sunday, 9 p.m., Bunkhouse) Dating someone who doesn’t like rock ’n’ roll? These Oakland lo-fi power-popsters—Hunx (Seth Bogart) and his all-girl band—sympathize, and suggest you ditch that lame-ass for someone else.


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